School of Nursing

Western Institute of Nursing New Scholar Award

Award Amount: $1,250

Award Summary: The WIN New Scholars Award supports the development and enrichment of new scholars being prepared to join the Alaska nursing workforce. The award recognizes the contributions of new scholars by providing them with an opportunity to travel to a premier nursing research conference in the Western Region; The Western Institute of Nursing's ( annual communicating nursing research conference taking place in a major city in the Western United States. The new scholar will participate in the proceedings by presenting the results of an innovative and notable research/scholarship project as either a poster or podium presentation and be mentored by a more experience nurse research/leader throughout the conference.

Eligibility: At the time applying for this competitive award, those eligible must be either a student in good standing enrolled in the UAA Baccalaureate or Graduate nursing program or they must have successfully completed a baccalaureate or gradate project/thesis within the last two semesters.

Application. Successful proposals will include:
  1. An abstract which summarizes the research or scholarship project.
  2. Letter of recommendation from a UAA SON faculty member familiar with the project to be presented
  3. Proposals are due by January 20th and should be submitted to the School of Nursing as follows:
Dr. Maureen O'Malley
Assocate Director, School of Nursing
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska  99508-4614

Requirements. The recipient agrees to accept this award understanding the following conditions:
  1. The recipient agrees to present their scholarly work, either in a refereed poster or podium presentation or in a Research & Information Exchange (R&IE) poster presentation. If a refereed poster, the abstract must be submitted to the WIN website and meet the conference requirements and deadlines
  2. The recipient will fully participate in the WIN Conference, attending such events as the Newcomer's Breakfast, the Silent Auction, RIFF RAFF and a majority (though not necessarily all) of plenary and concurrent sessions and will be encouraged (but not required) to participate in other events for which an additional meal fee is charged;
  3. That a School of Nursing faculty member will be designated to provide assistance to students planning to submit an abstract for selection consideration in advance of the submission deadline;
  4. That a School of Nursing faculty member in attendance at the 2012 Conference will mentor the recipient to facilitate the experience as one that promotes learning and professional growth; and
  5. Upon return from the conference, the recipient will submit an essay suitable for including in the School of Nursing Alumni newsletter. The essay should describe the personal transition into the role of "new scholar" in the academic journey and in particular, the extent to which the receipt of this award and attendance at the WIN conference contributed to your professional growth. The recipient will speak to one or two groups about the experience.